Substantial experience is held by The Solar Foundation's staff in the areas of solar market transformation, business development, policy analysis, and program design.
Andrea Luecke, Executive Director
Andrea Luecke leads The Solar Foundation and is responsible for developing and implementing high-level research and national educational initiatives that promote the widespread adoption of solar energy. Andrea is the lead author and project manager for the award winning National Solar Jobs Census, a high-impact report series that established the first credible solar jobs baseline in the US. Andrea serves as vice-chair of the ANSI-IREC clean energy workforce accreditation committee, as co-chair of the National Solar Schools Consortium, and as an advisor to the Women in Solar group. As a subject matter expert, Andrea frequently presents on practical "best practice" approaches and has provided consultation to numerous organizations including the National Academy of Sciences and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Andrea has over a decade of experience conceiving, launching, and administering organizational start-ups, has initiated, designed and led programs in the NGO and international development sectors, and worked in the finance and insurance sectors. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Andrea ran the City of Milwaukee’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar America Cities program, Milwaukee Shines, where she was tasked with helping Milwaukee develop and implement policies and programs aimed at increasing solar energy capacity. Andrea spearheaded Milwaukee’s Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program and the Milwaukee Metro Solar Hot Water Business Council, an effort designed to help local manufacturers enter the solar hot water supply chain. As a result of her front-line experience, she earned the “0-60” award by the U.S. Department of Energy for her leadership and persistence in starting a solar program from scratch.
Andrea is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was awarded the highly competitive Center for Economic Development fellowship through the UW Consortium for Economic Opportunity. Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Business, is multilingual, and has lived for long periods in South and Central America, Spain and Morocco.
Yolanda Seabrooks, Program Director - Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund
Yolanda Seabrooks is the Program Director for the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund, a project of The Solar Foundation. Yolanda manages the day to day operations of the BDR Fund, whose mission is to provide solar photovoltaic systems to K-12 schools across the nation to increase awareness of solar energy and broaden access to solar education. She is also working on The Solar Foundation's solar schools tracking report, which will be released in Fall 2013. Before joining the Foundation, Yolanda spent eight years with SunEdison, a global leader in providing turnkey photovoltaic solutions to municipal, state, federal, utility, and commercial customers. There, she worked on the Distributed Generation Project Finance team, where she oversaw diligence for the sale of commercial solar projects to investors. Yolanda is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Philip Haddix manages a number of The Solar Foundation’s projects and performs research in support of new and existing initiatives. In particular, Philip oversees the Foundation's activities under the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership program and provides research and management support on several labor market and schools-based projects. He played a key role in the development and publication of the National Solar Jobs Census 2012. Philip’s prior professional experiences in the energy and environmental arena include stints with the Sierra Club/Blue Green Alliance and the Solar Energy Industries Association. He holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University with concentrations in Energy and Environmental Policy and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of West Georgia.
Alexander Winn, Manager of Outreach and Development
Alexander Winn works on many of The Solar Foundation's key projects, including the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership program which aims to remove solar market barriers and encourage solar deployment among local governments and communities. He managed the design and development of the State Solar Jobs Map. Before joining the Foundation, Alexander was an integral member of the George Washington University Solar Institute since its formation. There, he managed the Institute's public outreach, including the Annual Solar Symposium, online communications, and various research efforts. He recently worked to support the government affairs team of the Solar Energy Industries Association, particularly on regulatory issues related to electricity transmission and public lands. Alexander earned a Master in Public Administration with a concentration in Public-Private Policy and Management and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the George Washington University.
Bill Oberkehr, Administrative Associate
Bill Oberkehr assists with many of The Solar Foundation's key projects, including the Solar Schools Census, which serves as a starting point for sharing ideas and best practices among schools experienced with solar energy and those looking to join their ranks. Additionally, he manages TSF’s social media, and provides wide-ranging support to TSF staff. Before joining the Foundation, Bill completed two internships at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR); one in international human rights education and outreach and one in the Center’s communications department. He assisted with media tracking, advocacy materials, research for the CCR’s international human rights cases, social media, building press databases, and an extensive variety of administrative and researched-based tasks. Bill earned a Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration in Regional Planning from Stony Brook University and a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Religion from the SUNY College at Old Westbury.
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